Dear Zac Efron, Will You Come To My Graduation?

Dear Zac Efron, Will You Come To My Graduation?

I’m graduating pretty soon and literally, all I want is for Zac Efron to attend my graduation ceremony.

I remember when 'High School Musical' first premiered on Disney Channel.

I was six years old and I was trying not to miss one bit of it. I was so excited, jumping up and down when it started. Before the premiere, Disney had released some songs, so I already knew a few of them. When they started singing 'Start of Something New,' I was singing along. I didn’t sit down or leave the front of the TV screen once during the premiere of 'High School Musical.' I learned the dance to 'We’re All in this Together,' and I still remember it.

I’ve loved ‘High School Musical’ since day one. The songs, the story, the dance moves, all of it has been apart of my life. When I’m mad, I listen to ‘High School Musical,’ and when I’m sad, I listen to ‘High School Musical.’

When ‘High School Musical’ ended, I thought it was the end of seeing everyone in the cast. I thought that everyone from the cast wasn’t going to have the chance to be in other movies because you were never going to be able to get away from ‘High School Musical.’ But you did, you're one of the top movie stars in the world. And I really admire you for that. You might’ve run into some troubles along the way, but you got through them and kept going. You show great perseverance, and I look up to you because of that.

Another reason I admire you is that you don’t let things you’ve been through define who you are. You don’t run away from your problems. Instead, you embrace them and try to solve them. Because of this, you have inspired me to not let anything stop me from doing what I want and to preserve through the tough times because tough times never stop coming.

You started your career singing and dancing, but you wanted to show people that you had other talents and so you grew into roles that showed you could be funny and loving. But at the end of the day, every role you have played have had one thing in common which is that each role is a role that ends up helping another character in the movie.

Because of your preservation, I have gotten good grades despite being told by people I need to work harder. I stayed in the early college program even though taking college classes at the age 14 was hard. I have tried my best to make a difference in my community by giving presents during Christmas time to families that don’t have enough money and helping the child abuse and neglect council get updating resources to help more children.

I don’t want you at my graduation because you're hot, it’s because you’ve inspired and me and others to make yourself who you want to be, not who others want you to be.

By the way, my graduation is May 31st!

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The Stages of Procrastinating

Because yes, if you admit it or not, procrastination has hit us all at some point

 That big paper is due tomorrow, or that huge biology final is coming up. Your schedule has gotten hectic and you don't know how the heck to start working on that paper or study for that exam. The formal definition of procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. Yes, some of us are procrastinators on the daily, but for others, it only happens on a rare occasion. Whether we admit it or not, procrastination has hit us all at some point or another so far in our lives. If it hasn't hit yet, it inevitably will in the near future. Like it or not, here are the stages of procrastination.

You say "I'm going to get this project/essay/chore/etc. done right away"

You start out having a great confidence that you will get it done right away, when really, you definitely won't.

Distractions begin to kick in

Your phone lights up with Snapchats from your bestie. What if its an emergency?! You must open it right away, its for the best! Once your on Snap, you move on to checking your Instagram feed, which leads to a Facetime call with your long, lost friend. What project were you even working on to begin with? You've been on your phone too long to remember.

Lying to yourself and saying your "working" on the item that needs to get done

We all know that this happens: you open the Google Doc. or Word Doc. but it remains blank while you pet your dog, eat food, and scroll through all of your emails.

Skewed perception of minimal progress

Wow! You just got a page of your essay done! You excitement plummets as you realize its 12 a.m. and you still have 14 pages you need to do in order to have the 15 page essay done for class at 8 a.m...

Panic mode begins

You begin to panic as you realize 2 more hours went by and nothing got done. You quickly eliminate all distractions and get your ass in gear. You waited till last minute, but you will still put in a decent amount of effort.

You FINALLY finish and feel very accomplished

You finish the paper around 3 a.m. with eyes that keep going down. You pat yourself on the back and jump into bed. You swear to yourself it WILL NOT happen again.

Whether we like it or not, procrastination will always be a thing that sometimes seems unavoidable. But I promise, it is quite avoidable. Next time you get a task, try to get it done as soon as possible after getting it. Commit to the task, promise yourself a reward, minimize distractions, and keep your mind on it 100%. We all have and all will procrastinate at some point. But I promise you if you try hard, you will indeed get the task done and no last minute panic and stress will be on the table. I know you'll thank me later.


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18 Lessons That 4 Years Of Marching Band And Color Guard Taught Me

That one time at band camp...

In high school, I dedicated four years of my summers and falls to marching band, specifically color guard. Of those four years, I was in a leadership position for three. Let me just say, marching band picked me up by my attitude and threw me to the ground. As I look back on my time in marching band, I realized just how many things it taught me.

1. Keep your chin up, shoulders back, and chest forward... always

It is something that all band nerds know by heart, what all of our directors have yelled at us while our bodies are covered in sweat and all we really want to do is sit down and take a drink of water. My director told us to always carry ourselves with pride, even in the worst weather, even when you feel like you are despicable and worthless, you pick your chin up, put your shoulders back, and put your chest forward.

You got this. I cannot tell you how many times before an exam or interview that I stand at attention and hear her voice in my head, and my confidence is instantly boosted.

2. Always listen to and respect your peers

Marching bands are set up in sections, each with a section leader, who happens to be one of your peers. From the very start, you are forced to listen to one of your peers. The level of respect that I learned to have for others the first year in band shaped the rest of my high school life.

3. Never be afraid to book it to reach your endgame

When running drill, there have been multiple times when I have had to "book it" to get to my dot. I have learned that when I need to get somewhere, I should not be afraid to push myself to get to that point. So what that I might be tired or I do not want to do it, I still have to get to my dot. If you have to book it, you have to book it. Don't let anyone stop you from getting to your dot.

4. You're never as cold as you were that one game you forgot to wear your Under Armour

You might think that you're cold, but remember that one game at the end of the season that you thought that it wasn't cold enough to wear your Under Armour and that you would be fine, and then it was halftime and you couldn't feel anything and wow, it's cold... and then you realize that you will never be that cold again, so hey, it's actually pretty warm.

5. No matter how bad you want to move, hold your ground, maintain your attention

Four years of spending long amounts of time standing completely still, even when there is sweat running into your eye and bugs crawling up your legs, have taught me that I need to hold my ground. I was not allowed to move in those moments, so why should I let someone else's opinion sway me off my beliefs? Bad and terrible things can happen to you, but as long as you hold your attention, you can get through it and come out victorious.

6. Smile through it all

In my nightmares, I swear I hear both my director and my coach yelling at us to smile. Every run-through, every review of a selected piece of the music, smile, smile, smile. Smack yourself in the face? Smile. Boyfriend just broke up with you? Smile. Your entire life is falling apart? Smile.

No matter what is happening, put on a brave face and smile through it.

7. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

You can never, ever, ever use enough sunscreen. I forgot sunscreen the first day of band camp my senior year... boy did I learn my lesson.

8. Roll-steps are super useful in everyday life

I spent four years working on my roll-step, and I have found many uses for it in everyday life. Have a cup full of water, a large pile of books or other items, or need to be silent to sneak past your RA? Roll-step will get you through.

9. There's nothing that a water break can't fix

No matter how angry I was, how tired, or how fed up, a water break could fix it all, almost all of the time. I have found that when I am pissed off or anxious or depressed in my life, sitting myself down, getting a glass of water, and just sipping it slowly while I let my mind clear seems to be the best technique for me.

10. The best tan you will ever get is the tan from band camp

Point. Proven.

11. If you've suffered through band camp together, you can suffer through anything together

Once you have gotten through five days of absolute Hell and frustration, you can get through literally everything.

12. Go with the flow

Things change so fast in marching band. Last week your drill had you at the bottom hash of the fifty, but now you're dead center on the thirty, but are you going to question it? No. Just go with the flow of things, it will all be okay.

13. When it rains... it pours

And when it rains, your silk will no doubt stick to you with every pass of your body, and all of the woodwinds will be sprinting to grab their cases. All brass practice?

14. How to make the most out of nothing

It is no secret that marching bands are often one of the least funded clubs/sports (depending on how your school categorizes it) in a school setting. But still, with what little we have to work with, we still find a way to put on amazing shows and fundraise until we can't fundraise anymore.

The new uniforms and flag silks are worth it, even if it will be going towards next year's class and you're a senior.

15. If you put yourself out there, you can make friends anywhere

Every Friday night, you would be meeting a new band, making friends during the third quarter. Every week we would get practice with making friends. Trust me when I say that the friendships you make in marching band are ones that will never fade.

16. Perfect practice makes perfect results

Half-assed practices were a no-go. Anytime the band started deflating, our director would be sure to yell at us until we all perked back up. My most vivid memory of senior year was during band camp when my director has us all scream at the top of our lungs because we were all frustrated. It helped.

You cannot get something done unless you have to right attitude for it. If you are moping around and not giving 110%, then why are you even trying to do it at all?

17. If you think that you've reviewed enough, you haven't. Go again

You can have a perfect run through, but there is always something you can improve on. Keep pushing yourself and keep going over the same stuff over and over because you only have one chance to prove yourself.

18. Whatever you're going through, just remember that you have survived 4 years of band camp

Life likes to kick us on our asses and push our faces into the dirt. When I'm feeling down, I remind myself that I survived four band camps. I have survived four weeks of Hell. If I can do that, then I can do anything.

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